The War on Kids
The War on Kids • Documentary
In this thought-provoking documentary, filmmaker Cevin Soling details how irrational fears have transformed the public education system into a virtual prison. With metal detectors, armed security guards, and prescription drugs, contemporary schools are safer than ever before - or are they? Today's schools resemble high-security prisons more than they do hallowed halls of learning, but are edicts such as the "Zero Tolerance" policy doing more harm than good by suspending kindergarteners for playing cops and robbers? Are we overmedicating our children on the advice of pharmaceutical companies that have a vested interest in keeping school kids hooked on Ritalin? In 2003, the principal of Stratford High School in Goose Creek, SC, suspected that drug activity was taking place in his school and called in the SWAT team. In the resulting raid, innocent students were terrorized and traumatized. Not only that, but during the raid, the SWAT team turned up no evidence of drug activity or illegal weapons whatsoever. By exploring this case, speaking with experts, and opening a dialogue with students, Soling attempts to discover just how we got to the point where regular students are considered guilty until proven innocent and ponders what measures can be taken to ensure that future generations of Americans don't have their rights stripped away to get an education.